Burns and Turner Review Split Knuckle Theatre’s “Endurance” at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Endurance at Shakespeare & Company is a voyage into cold, harsh metaphors about resolute individuals and uncaring corporations. Here, newly promoted Claims Manager Walter Spivey (Toomey) receives his marching orders from the Corporate Powers That Be (Jason Bohon, Andrew Grusetskie and Greg Webster wearing metal wastebaskets on their heads.) (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Endurance at Shakespeare & Company is a voyage into cold, harsh metaphors about resolute individuals and uncaring corporations. Here, newly promoted Claims Manager Walter Spivey (Toomey) receives his marching orders from the Corporate Powers That Be (Jason Bohon, Andrew Grusetskie and Greg Webster wearing metal wastebaskets on their heads.) (photo: Kevin Sprague)

by Gail Burns and Abby Turner

“Optimism is true moral courage” – Sir Ernest Shackleton

Abby Turner: Wow! Mega wow. “Endurance” – created and performed by Split Knuckle Theatre – blew me away! A fresh, dark, brilliant, and silly disaster drama of edgy intelligence. I just want to begin with an important piece of advice: call the box office now.

Gail Burns: Right! This show is only at Shakespeare & Company until July 15 and it is not to be missed. I keep reminding my neighbors to make use of their 40% Berkshire County Resident Discount, but there are lots of other discounts available and don’t forget the ½ Tix Booths (Locations and Hours here)

Abby: I realize that I am going to have to watch out for too many superlatives, but I am still in the heady excitement of an opening night standing ovation.

Who would have thought that the saga of four insurance agents scrambling to save their jobs in the midst of economic chaos could be a heroic drama as these 99%-ers struggle against extraordinary odds in the soulless, merciless absurdity of corporate culture?

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